Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park spreads across the two states of Alaska and Washington encompassing a total area of approximately 13,000 acres of land. The park was established on June 30, 1976, and is divided into four units, three of which are in Alaska while the fourth unit is located in Seattle, Washington.
To find your way to the different areas of the park, several different routes can be used. In Alaska a majority of visitors access the Skagway Historic District while others like to hike along the Chilkoot Trail which is in the Dyea-Chilkoot Trail unit, a lot of other visitors experience the scenic White Pass unit by train or highway tour.
More specifically Skagway can be accessed using the South Klondike Highway or about 96 miles by airplane from Juneau or 110 miles south from Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Alternatively, the Skagway Historic District is also accessible using the Alaska Marine Highway (ferry) System from Juneau and by public bus from Whitehorse.
The central attraction to this park is the historical significance of the place as a gold rush site. There are several historic buildings in Skagway, portions of Chilkoot, and along the White Pass Trail that were constructed around 1898 during the gold rush in the area.
Besides these attractions, visitors can also get to participate in other recreational activities like fishing, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, camping, snowshoeing, ranger-guided tours, and hunting. Some of the amenities available for visitors to enjoy in the park include a campground, picnic area, museum/exhibit, visitor center, restaurant/snacks, and self-guided tours.
Dogs and other pets are allowed into Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, but certain restrictions have to be observed. More specifically, dogs should be kept away from any park buildings and other areas that are considered out-of-bounds to dogs. Secondly, in areas of the park where dog owners can visit with their pooch, a leash must be used.